The Road Home ~ REVIEW

I love a book I instantly become friends with the characters.  When you stave off that sneak attack to the fridge at midnight because you can't walk down the stairs and read at the same time.  That's how I was while reading The Road Home by Beverly Lewis the past week.

Summary~ Lena Rose Schwartz hadn't planned to leave her Old Order community in Centerville, Michigan. But then, she could not have foreseen the accident that made her and her siblings orphans. After her parents' funeral, her younger brothers and sisters are farmed out to various nearby relatives. But when the deacon in charge of the arrangements tells her there aren't places enough for everyone, she agrees to go live with her father's second cousin and his family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Beside the fact that Lena has never been more than a few miles from home, she's never met the family she will now be living with. But worse than that is the thought of being separated from her siblings. How will they manage without her to care for them--especially eight-year-old Chris? And what about Hannes Lehman, the beau she was sure would soon be asking her to marry him? It was true that he was not the man her father would have preferred for her. Maybe that was what the deacon was hinting at when he said "a fresh start might do you good."

It won't be forever, she consoles herself. I'll come back as soon as I can to take care of my family--and to make a home with Hannes. But doing so may prove far more complicated then she ever imagined.

I could relate instantly to the main character Lena, because I lost both of my parents as a child and was shipped off to foster care.  My heart ached for her when she received the devastating news and especially that she was being ripped away from all her siblings.  I'm fairly new to this Author and look forward to reading other books she's written.  I enjoyed because it wasn't overly romanced and seemed to focus more on the family unit.   I was inspired seeing how with prayer and Faith you can overcome any obstacle or trial in your path.  And sometimes we have to set aside our emotions in order to see the work God has in store for us.  If you are new to Christian Amish Fiction this would be perfect for you, as it is a stand alone book and not part of a series.  Let me know if you have read any other book from Beverly Lewis, I would love to check them out!

Thank you Bethany House publishers for my Free copy in exchange for my honest Review.

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